Lt. G.P. Comper CANLOAN Officer with the Border Regiment 14 April 1945 talking with M/Gen Weeks. NOTE: Glider Trained Infantry Badge on bottom right sleeve.
Photo and uniform of Lt. G.S. Macdonald CANLOAN, King's Own Scottish Borderers Regiment. They were also Glider Trained Infantry and Macdonald wears the patch on the right sleeve of his service dress.
One of the men that helped start it all. Canadian Major (later) Lt. Col., E. W. Cutbill of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry was assigned by General McNaughton as Canadian Liaison to the British 1st Airborne Division HQ in England and traveled with them to North Africa to observe airborne operations to Italy. It was his job to report on the training, equipment and operations of the British Airborne to help facilitate the creation of Canadian airborne troops. His son, Dr. John Cutbill, has published his fathers wartime memoirs titled, A BROWN JOBS WAR. The title referring to the fact that he was in the army and his uniform stood out when liaising with the RAF.
To date the author had not heard of any Canadian serving in the British Army Air Corps/Glider Pilot Regiment. However on visiting the Library and Archives Canada the above two men were uncovered. The man in the Hotspur glider (left) is stated as being a Sergeant Nunn who was a Second Pilot. The other man is not known. He is a First Pilot.
Lt. W.A. Harvie and Lt. (later Capt.) Phillip H. Turner of the South Staffordshire Regiment, 4th Parachute Brigade, 1st Airborne Division. Both fought at Arnhem and were evacuated. This picture being taken in October 1944. Turner was awarded the US Distinguished Service Cross.
The British Centaur IV with 95mm Howitzer. This was primarily to be used to support infantry in a counter mortar role. The 1st Cdn Centaur Bty was created on 6 August 1944 and were assigned to the British 6th Airborne Division for the D- Day invasion but had an extremely short existence being disbanded 2 September 1944. Note: the lines and numbers around the turret were to increase accuracy for counter-mortar firing.
Capt. Ashton Kerr Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps CANLOAN with British 1st Airborne Division taken September 1945. Note that he served in Italy.
2nd FORWARD OBSERVATION UNIT (ROYAL ARTILLERY), 1st CANADIAN CENTAUR BATTERY and CANLOAN